Yes. Both are highly contagious and can be a serious concern in boarding kennels.
Infectious Tracheobronchitis is an infection of the trachea and bronchial tubes. While the most common bacterium causing kennel cough is Bordetella bronchiseptica, several viruses and bacteria can cause the disease. The most common symptoms of kennel cough are a persistent cough, decreased appetite and depressed behavior.
Canine Influenza virus causes a respiratory infection in dogs. The most common symptoms are lethargy, decreased appetite, fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough.
The best way to prevent infection is vaccination. Our doctors recommend vaccination against both Bordetella and Canine Influenza for dogs that visit groomers, dog parks, daycare facilities or boarding facilities. Both vaccines are required for all dogs boarding at Newport Animal Hospital. As prevention is key, all pets must receive their initial vaccines for these diseases at least three to five days prior to admittance to our facility. If this will be the first time your pet is receiving either vaccination, a booster vaccine will be required three weeks later.
While these vaccines significantly reduce risk of infection, they do not eliminate it completely. Both vaccines greatly reduce the severity of symptoms and duration of illness in pets that do become infected.